Homeschoolers lead the educational world in many ways because we want to step to a different pace when helping our teens plan for life in the real world. We don’t want cookie cutter education. So I am delighted, no thrilled to tell you about Praxis, which is an intensive 10 month program as an option for homeschoolers who want more than just college.
Alternative to College
If you have homeschooled for any length of time, you know that not all homeschoolers want to go to college. They have second thoughts about what use to be just accepted as fact. The truth of it is that a college degree is no guarantee that your teen won’t struggle to find work and be successful.
Up until now, I didn’t know of any program for homeschoolers that fed the business and entrepreneurial side of my sons. You know the Mr. has been an entrepreneur who is also in sales almost the whole time we have been married. If you are married to one you know what I mean because they do a little of a lot of things they are talented at and sales too.
I can say he has shaped my positive view of sales and business from the first time we met.
Dare I make a tiny confession? Call us insane, but while riding in the car, we like to listen to Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins. My sons have been required to read books assigned by the Mr. about selling so they understand our business.
So when I first heard about Praxis, I spent considerable time poring over their website and watching the videos because I am excited about understanding their concept.
You know I always have to put everything in an organized package, so I broke down into sections what I feel is important in helping you to understand what they offer.
Though you may be tempted to use the word internship, this is not an internship. This is an opportunity to learn hands-on while receiving a business education too. Praxis is a company that recognizes the natural strengths and abilities of young business minds and wants to nurture that into a career complete with a portfolio.
I find that young people or seasoned business folks too don’t know what a portfolio is let alone build one. I have seen salesman that have to be told their strengths and capabilities. Mind you a lot of salesman I know don’t like reading or fooling with something like that because they are too busy creating new ideas, but they soon find out you are the only one to showcase your strengths.
Helping a young high achiever now to see the need of letting the rest of the hiring world view their talents in a portfolio saves them precious time down the road when applying for a job they are motivated to go after.
So applicants of Praxis are those kids of ours that are entrepreneurial and do not fit the mold of college. Right away from an early age they may have people, managerial and business skills that we noticed from the time they were born. A college may have them repeat the same things that we taught them in high school.
Praxis recognizes that a business skill set needs to be developed by business minded people. So their staff comes from various educational and business backgrounds.
Applicants for Praxis would be
- young adults from 18 to twentyish and up. Basically, young adults mature enough to live on their own and work while pursuing this business and educational venture.
- self-starters who want an alternative to college.
- willing to relocate where the job opportunities are located.
- getting paid (oh yes that computes) while they learn online and work for companies interested in the fresh ideas of young innovators.
- instructed ALL online in academics by experts in their respective areas.
- required to take tests (yes we know as homeschoolers that they are a necessary part of life) but the beauty of these tests are that they are oral. Again, another tell tale sign that Praxis understands that young business applicants are not necessarily paper/pen and sit in the cubicle type of kids.
How does Praxis work?
- Like a partnership between student and businesses, participants are matched with businesses located in areas that have partnered with Praxis.
- Students complete a 10 month program that consists of not only 10 hours a week of school online (you know we are already familiar with online work because a lot of our teens do CLEP and use other free online courses), but are encouraged to interact and discuss the material and then do a test.
- Because they understand the value of a rigorous education as well as business savvy, they have designed 6 rigorous curriculum modules that participants will go through.
Want to check it out? Go to Praxis and click on Curriculum to download a .pdf about the course study.
What does it cost?
Certainly worth considering is the price, but more important to note is the value. It cost $13,000.00. I know, it does sound like a lot of money and that is because it is. But, follow me on this because we’re familiar with taking any curriculum that we are interested in purchasing and breaking down the cost to realize what we pay per year or per child. In other words, determine the cost over the term. Praxis is no different.
Your son or daughter will get paid $10.00 per hour for a 30 hour week. Simple math tells us that $300.00 x 40 weeks (10 months) = $12,000.00. I like that.
Divide 1,000.00 which is the balance of the original cost (13,000.00) over 10 months and that is $100.00 dollars a month.
Another huge advantage to this is that a young adult can appreciate the value of his education when he is working and paying it off as opposed to having mom and dad pay for it later or being saddled with a large college debt.
Your child’s hard work does equal an increased perceived value in his or her own education because now it has intrinsic value. Another win win because the young adult has already invested his time and money into this course. Starting off in the business world with less debt teaches an important business lesson from the beginning.
You see why I am excited about this unique company, but there is more!
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We already think outside of the box because of the fact we homeschool and take the road less traveled. Key to understanding what Praxis offers is knowing how we could use their services to meet our unique needs in multiple ways.
I don’t think it really comes down to having to make a choice between attending college or not. You know I always feel like we want it all in homeschooling and most of us set the bar real high with education.
Using Praxis as an alternative to college, during a gap year or as a stand alone business enterprise for those that won’t be pressed into classroom service leaves you plenty of options in how to use their program.
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There are two program/enrollment periods.
1st Option – The program runs from February – November. (Applications are being accepted for the February – November 2014 period through December 1. Hurry.)
2nd Option – The program runs from September – June. (Applicants are being accepted for this time period now too because sometimes you need to make long range plans.)
I am already following them on facebook and twitter for the latest. Go here to facebook: Discover Praxis to LIKE them. If your kids are too young now but you want to keep tabs on this company, then check out their newsletter at the bottom of Praxis home page on the right side to sign up.
Without sounding too over the top because I am so excited to know about this company, I am proud to do this review about Praxis. No longer are the risk takers, creative and business minded young adults in the homeschooling. They are practical and see the value of real life learning. Focusing not just on academic greatness, but now having an option with Praxis to arm our children with real life experiences just adds to the reason we homeschool. We want it all.
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Program/Product: 10 month educational and business program for the business minded, the risk takers and the young adults willing to break the mold.
Price: $13,000.00. Whoa, but doing the math helps you to see the value. Applicants get paid $10.00 per hour for a 30 hour week. 30 hours x 40 weeks is $12,000.00. 1,000.00 divided by 10 months makes $100.00 per month and that equals value AND the best part no debt or very little.
Price and information are correct as of the date of this review.
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